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Unknown Soldier Vol. 1: Haunted House Paperback – August 14, 2009
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Unknown soldier is the story of a doctor names Moses whom is working in war torn Uganda. He and his wife are both pacifists who are trying to fix the area though medical help and peace. After witness a large number of the savage attacks and activities in the region, Moses finally snaps and leaves his pacifist ideals behind. While he thinks of himself as going crazy, there is something else going on in his mind, perhaps from his past, that is teased, but not answered in this volume. It is a interesting ride following a man who put down his medical bag and picks up a automatic rifle.
I feel that the story of in this book was very strong. Joshua Dysart has fleshed out the character of Moses quite well and also creates a good protagonist. The dialog is well done and the story moves along on a very brisk pace.
The art is ok, but there are a few issues. The girls that Alberto Ponticelli draw look a bit off, but other wise it has a very intesreting style and fits well. Bring the art to higher level though is some great coloring by Oscer Celestini. His color use was my second favorite thing about this book after the writing.
Overall, I feel this is a great book to add to your library if your a fan of mature, non-super hero book. It deals with some nasty, heavy issues, but does so in a very real world way. I'm looking forward to volume two.
the characters are believable. the subject is compelling. the storytelling is well done. and the art kicks butt. im highly impressed.
I realise that almost everything in this book - Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, child soldiers, child rape, endless bloody fighting, rampant disease - are completely grounded in reality, and continue to be problems not just for Uganda but throughout the continent of Africa, so it makes critiquing this book more awkward than others. If I say "this book was boring" then it seems like I'm a heartless monster with no sympathy for these peoples' plight! So all the criticisms in this review are about Joshua Dysart's treatment of the subject matter and writing rather than the realities themselves which are, of course, truly horrific.
I'm not sure what this book is supposed to be. An action story with a superficial conscience? Look at all this suffering - now watch this gunfight! Pray for the children - now watch kids being slaughtered by other kids! The reaction to a serious real world situation in a comic is instinctively "this is important" but unless the writer is saying something meaningful about it then it may as well be a Red Cross infomercial for donations. And that's what "Unknown Soldier" feels like, a showcase of suffering in Uganda whose solution, at least to Dysart, seems to be watching Moses dispense rough justice in a land where justice is entirely absent.Read more ›
It is certainly meticulously researched and gives a lot of information about the conflict in Uganda, but I found the characters uninteresting, the thin plot stretched interminably over 140 pages and felt that I was being hit over the head with information and "important messages."
The book got great reviews in both comics-related media and some mainstream press, so I'm probably in the minority here--but, I do not recommend this at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit unsatisfying as a reader, the book explores the crossroads between idealism and practical realities of war and genocide. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James A. Bretney
Another reviewer called it " strangely unsubstantial" and I find myself echoing the reviewer's words.. apparently this was nominated for an award of some sort? Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Andre
To pigeonhole a book like Unknown Soldier as dark and violent from the outset would seem a normal reaction after reading the pieces of praise given by various websites, and the... Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by Cai Yixin Jeremy
I've just finished reading the first two trades of Unknown Soldier and must say I'm still very conflicted about this comic. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by Jason Bean
I came into this book with high expectations as I've read great reviews and I am very interested in stories about Africa. The comic does not disappoint. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko
An excellent story. The drawings are good, but the content and accurate details of the story are what make the book excellent. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by F. Loucks